Startup Applications List

Unfortunately, due to a change in my circumstances, the startup programs database here at Sysinfo.org will no longer be updated and the off-line downloads are no longer available. The version at Pacman's Portal will, however, continue to be updated and it's recommended that you refer to that site for more up to date information. The reason for this change in policy cannot be disclosed at this time but I hope you have enjoyed using the database here and thank you for your support and kind comments over the years.

Paul Collins

If you're frustrated with the time it takes your Windows 7/Vista/XP PC to boot and then it seems to be running slowly you may have too many programs running at start-up - and you have come to the right place to identify them. This is the original startup programs (as opposed to processes/tasks) list - one of the most accurate and comprehensive. Services are not included - see below. The database is mirrored in a slightly different format at Pacman's Portal.

"Name or Startup Item" in the table below refers to how an entry is displayed in MSConfig, Windows Defender or the registry "Run" keys. "Command or Data" refers to the program the entry runs. For further information on this and how to identify and disable startup programs you may want to also visit this page.

For further information on random startup entries please visit the Startups Info page.

Last update :- 29th July, 2011
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Name or Startup ItemStatusCommand or DataDescriptionTested?
UpDateXRAuth.exeAdded by the DLOADER-UL TROJAN!No
UpdateXcsrss.exeAdded by the ADCLICK-AG TROJAN! Note - this is not the legitimate csrss.exe process which is always located in %System% and should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup! This one is located in %Windir%No
UpdateXcsrss.exeAdded by the MEHEERWAR TROJAN! Note - this is not the legitimate csrss.exe process which is always located in %System% and should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup! This one is located in a "winupdate" subfolderNo
UpdateXlsass.exeAdded by the ADCLICK-AG TROJAN! Note - this is not the legitimate lsass.exe process which is always located in %System% and should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup! This one is located in %Windir%No
UpdateXsvchost.exeAdded by the ADCLICK-AG TROJAN! Note - this is not the legitimate svchost.exe process which is always located in %System% and should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup! This one is located in %Windir%No
UpdateXUpdate.exeQuickButton adware. The file is located in %ProgramFiles%\Common Files\updatNo
UpdateXhanz.exeAdded by a variant of the RBOT-GLJ WORM!No
UpdateXWinUpdate.exeAdded by the SDBOT-CV BACKDOOR!No
UpdateXUpdate.exeAdded by the MDROP-BUV TROJAN! The file is located in %Windir%No
UpdateXsystems.exeAdded by the SURUBAT.A WORM!No
Update CheckerXwinlog.exeAdded by the IRCBOT-TJ TROJAN!No
Update CheckerXscvhost.exeAdded by the AGENT-DSF TROJAN!No
update driverXSNDVOL32.EXEAdded by the SPYBOT-CU BACKDOOR!No
Update ExplorerXiexploreupd.exeAdded by a variant of the RBOT WORM!No
Update for WindowsX[various filenames]Added by the LERPA-A WORM! Note - the file name will be one of the following common.exe, common.pif, common.scr, Sexo.exe, Sexo.jpg.pif, ini_file__.pif, load_me__.tmp, msfile.pif, system_load_.pif or zipped.rar.pifNo
Update for Works?MSWkstz.exeMaybe related to later versions of MS Works?No
Update GroksterNWiseUpdt.exeAutomatically updates the Grokster file sharing software. Beware of adware and spyware when using this type of program, for instance, Grokster contains CyDoorNo
Update InstallXSchost.exeAdded by the GAOBOT.AO WORM!No
Update local?SetCPQLC.exeRunning on a Compaq desktop. Any ideas?No
Update ManagerNUpdateManager.exeSearches for updates for the Rogers Yahoo! Browser - which "is designed to maximize your enjoyment with the Rogers Yahoo! Hi-Speed Internet service by providing you with a browsing tool that allows easy access to all the popular Yahoo! areas such as News, Finance, and many others." Can be run manuallyNo
update mon sysXupdaterar.exeAdded by a variant of the RBOT WORM!No
update run dosXlogon.exeAdded by a variant of the SDBOT WORM! No
Update Run MSwordXLOGON.EXEAdded by the RBOT.TY WORM!No
Update SchedulerYUPSCHD.EXEAutomatic update scheduler for older versions of the range of internet security products from Quick Heal - including Total Security, Internet Security and AntiVirusYes
Update ServiceYUpdate.exeLoaded by Handybits programs such as EasyCrypto. Re-instates itself every time the program is run so best to leave it enabled. Prevent it dialling out via a firewallNo
update serviceXsvxhost.exeAdded by the RBOT-MG WORM!No
Update ServiceXwinu32.exeAdded by the RBOT-MG WORM!No
update serviceXwinx.exeAdded by a variant of the RBOT WORM!No
Update SrvXsvchost.exeAdded by the DELF.OB TROJAN! Note - this is not the legitimate svchost.exe process which is always located in %System% and should not normally figure in Msconfig/Startup! This one is located in %Windir%\winservxvNo
Update TUT?WiseUpdt.exe??No
Update ver 1.0XSwap.exeAdded by the SWAP-C WORM! No
Update WindowsXEXPLORE.EXEAdded by a variant of the SDBOT WORM!No
Update.exeXravseuper.exeAdded by the QQPASS-P TROJAN!No
Update32Xconfigs.exeHijacker, also detected as the QURL-2 TROJAN!No
UpdateCheckXwinstall.exeAdded by the SPYBOT-CY WORM!No
UpdateCheckerNUpdateChecker.exe(1) Checks for new releases available in the popular FileHippo.com repository for any software you may already have installed on your computer. (2) Part of the ASUS Update Windows based BIOS update utility included with some ASUS motherboards. Checks the current BIOS revisionYes
UpdateChecker ApplicationNUpdateChecker.exePart of the ASUS Update Windows based BIOS update utility included with some ASUS motherboards. Checks the current BIOS revision. Note that with the version tested (7.16.02 Beta) if this entry was allowed to run at startup, ASUS Update would not run properly and casued system errorsYes
UpdateComponentXCNF UPD.EXEAdded by the SPYBOT.GEN VIRUS!No
UpdateFirewall32XWindows32Shield.exeAdded by the AUTORUN-BEG WORM!No
UpdateFW?fwdload.exeAppears to be firmware update software for a Network Associates ATMbook OC-3 SMF Interface Module?No
UPDATEHOOK?Rundll32.exe??No
updatelavasoftXupdatelavasoft.exeCoolWebSearch parasite variant - redirecting to lalasearch.comNo
UpdateLBPShortCut?MUIStartMenu.exePart of LabelPrint from CyberLink - "an intuitive application that lets you design and print stylish CD/DVD labels in four easy steps". The exact purpose of this entry is unknown at present but it unloads from memory once runYes
UpdateManagerUsgtray.exeStorageGuard from Veritas (this version by Sonic). Free utility that integrates with Backup MyPC (formerly Backup Exec Desktop), Simple Backup and MS Backup. Provides system tray access and background monitoring - warning you of files that haven't recently been backed up. Required unless you backup manually on a regular basis or have scheduled backupsNo
UpdateManagerXupdmanager.exeAdded by the ANYHOMB.F TROJAN!No
UpdateMediaXUpdateMedia.exeMediaUpdate foistwareNo
UpdateMgrXupdmgr.exeSouthBeachTel premium rate adult content dialerNo
updateMgrNAdobeUpdateManager.exeAutomatic updates for earlier versions of Adobe products such as Adobe Reader (PDF file viewer) and Adobe Acrobat (PDF file creation/editing)No
updatemgr.exeNupdatemgr.exeOnce a month, your EarthLink 5.0 Update Manager contacts EarthLink's servers to check for software updates. If an update is available for your EarthLink software, Update Manager will inform you and, with your permission, download and install the update. Can go to http://www.earthlink.net and download the updates manuallyNo
UPDATEMSNXsvhost.exeAdded by an unidentified WORM or TROJAN!No
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Notes & Warnings

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DISCLAIMER: It is assumed that users are familiar with the operating system they are using and comfortable with making the suggested changes. We will not be held responsible if changes you make cause a system failure.

WARNING: This is NOT a database of tasks/processes taken from Task Manager or the Close Program window (CTRL+ALT+DEL) but a database of startup applications, although you will find some of them listed via this method. Pressing CTRL+ALT+DEL identifies programs that are currently running - not necessarily at startup. For a list of tasks/processes you should try the Process Library from Uniblue, the list at PC Pitstop or one of the many others now available. Therefore, before ending a task/process via CTRL+ALT+DEL just because it has an "X" recommendation, please check whether it's in MSConfig or the registry first. An example would be "svchost.exe" - which doesn't appear in either under normal conditions but does via CTRL+ALT+DEL. If in doubt, don't do anything.

To avoid the database becoming too large, all virus entries are only shown using the registry version which is common to all Windows versions. Otherwise there would be multiple entries for popular filenames that viruses often use - such as "svchost" above for example. Multiple viruses can also use the same startup entries, in this case only those with significant differences (such as file location) are repeated in this database.

NOTE: There are a number of virus and malware entries listed in this database where specific removal instructions haven't been given. If this is the case then you could try ComboFix, a program written by sUBs that can remove many different types of Trojans and Worms. See here for a tutorial on how to use the program

IMPORTANT: A number of entries are repeated due to the way that different operating systems display startup items. For example, WinMe lists "POPROXY.EXE" as "Norton eMail Protect" in both MSCONFIG and the registry whereas WinXP lists it as "Poproxy" in MSCONFIG and "Norton eMail Protect" in the registry.

SERVICES: "Services" from the NT/2K/XP/Vista/7 operating systems are not included. I fully understand that some programs with these OS's use "Services" as an alternative to load their component parts at startup but these are handled in a different way. We recommend you try BlackViper for information on services for the relevant operating systems.

RECOMMENDATIONS:

If you're looking for a startup manager then why not try Spybot - Search & Destroy (by Safer Networking Ltd) as the startup programs section (select the Advanced mode) includes descriptions from this database. You might also want to try their RunAlyzer and FileAlyzer tools.

As there are more than 10,000 entries in this database related to viruses, trojans, worms and other malware we recommend you use a quality internet security package. Which ever you choose, keep it updated.

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Presentation, format & comments Copyright 2001 - 2011 Pacman's Portal
Portions Copyright Peter Forrest, Denny Denham, Sylvain Prevost, Tony Klein, CastleCops & Bleeping Computer
Database creation and support by Patrick Kolla
Software support by John Mayer
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